Key Statistics for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4% of all cancers. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2021 are:
- About 81,560 people (45,630 males and 35,930 females) will be diagnosed with NHL. This includes both adults and children.
- About 20,720 people will die from this cancer (12,170 males and 8,550 females).
Overall, the chance that a man will develop NHL in his lifetime is about 1 in 41; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 52. But each person’s risk can be affected by a number of risk factors.
NHL can occur at any age. In fact, it is one of the more common cancers among children, teens, and young adults. Still, the risk of developing NHL increases throughout life, and more than half of patients are 65 or older at the time of diagnosis. The aging of the American population is likely to lead to an increase in NHL cases during the coming years.
Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.
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Last Revised: January 12, 2021